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VLTs open at Saratoga

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
Associated Press is reporting that it was "mass chaos" at the opening of Saratoga Raceway's video lottery terminal area Wednesday morning (Jan. 28). The Horseman's general manager and editor Kathy Parker is at Saratoga for the opening-day festivities and her full report can be found in next week's (Feb. 4) magazine. AP reported that hundreds of people waited more than an hour in poor winter wea...
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Solid crowd throughout day

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
The opening of the video gaming machine parlor at Saratoga Raceway drew a steady crowd throughout the day, and officials were braced for an even bigger crowd during the evening hours. Snow had subsided to flurries and travel was no problem for people in the local area. Live racing was also scheduled to take place Wednesday night (Jan. 28), with the feature of the program a filly and mare Open P...
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Bruce Hamilton remembered

on 01/27/2004 7:00 PM
Bruce Hamilton, the late executive of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, was remembered with a memorial race at Saratoga Raceway Wednesday night (Jan. 28), the first day slot machines were turned on for business at the track. Hamilton was a key player in lobbying for legislation for video gaming terminals at New York racetracks. Hamilton's widow, Valerie, and other members of his fam...
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Racing cancellations

on 01/26/2004 7:00 PM
The wrath of Mother Nature has once again taken its toll on racing as the Meadowlands, Yonkers, The Meadows and Northville Downs have canceled their Tuesday night (Jan. 27) programs. Also, Kawartha Downs and Western Fair in Ontario have canceled their Tuesday cards.
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Prix d'Amerique to France

on 01/25/2004 7:00 PM
Representing France, Kesaco Phedo won the Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes in Paris on Sunday (Jan. 25) in a stakes record time of 1:56. Driven by Jean Michel Bazire, Kesaco Phedo defeated a field of 17 rivals. Last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Abano As, representing Germany, finished two lengths behind in second, with France's Jag de Bellouet third.
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E Dee's Cam wins final

on 01/24/2004 7:00 PM
E Dee's Cam, the runner-up in last year's Presidential final at the Meadowlands, won this year's $114,600 edition Saturday night (Jan. 24) in impressive fashion. With Ron Pierce driving, E Dee's Cam drew clear from his rivals to win easily in 1:51.4. Leaving from the outside 10 post, Pierce was able to tuck in fourth in the early going with E Dee's Cam as Rair Earth and Life Sizzles batttled fo...
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Riptide Hall upsets Complex

on 01/24/2004 7:00 PM
Riptide Hall won the $90,000 Complex Series final at the Meadowlands Saturday night (Jan. 24) as Howard Parker directed the 5-year-old Cambest horse to a 1:54.1 victory. Casimir Camotion (Pat Lachance) was second, with Joshua (Yannick Gingras) third. Ronald Knigge trains and owns the winner, who won for the first time in three starts in 2004.
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Worldly Beauty back racing

on 01/23/2004 7:00 PM
Stormies Girl, a 4-yer-old mare by Stand Forever, won the $40,000 Open Pace for mares at the Meadowlands Friday night (Jan. 23), posting her seventh straight victory. Among those she defeated was Worldly Beauty, who is back on the track after a tough season in 2003 against Eternal Camnation and Bunny Lake. Stormies Girl paced to a one-length victory in 1:54.4 for driver David Miller. The mare h...
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Messenger to Harrington

on 01/23/2004 7:00 PM
Harrington Raceway has announced that it will play host to the 2004 Messenger and Lady Maud Pace, both to be held on Monday, Oct. 4. That means the races will be held while The Red Mile Grand Circuit meet is underway, and just five days before the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. The Messenger, an event for 3-year-old pacers, is harness racing’s third leg of the pacing Triple Crown, foll...
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Ohio's Nelson retires

on 01/22/2004 7:00 PM
Ohio State Racing Commission executive director Cliff Nelson announced his retirement at the end of the commission's monthly meeting held Thursday (Jan. 22) in Columbus. Nelson, 55, who has been the executive director since 1987, said, "It's time to spend more time with my family. It's been a great honor to serve horse racing in the state of Ohio." The commission's chief investigator Sam Zon...
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Cal-Expo vs. Los Alamitos

on 01/22/2004 7:00 PM
A dispute between Capitol Racing (Cal-Expo) and Los Alamitos has placed the March 5 opening of the Cal-Expo Standardbred meet in Sacramento, Calif., in jeopardy. According to a story reported by The Blood-Horse, the dispute centers over payment of impact fees the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) ordered Capitol Racing to pay Los Alamitos last May. The issue has forced the CHRB to table Cap...
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Pull-tabs gain step in Ind.

on 01/21/2004 7:00 PM
Legislation aimed at adding electronic pull-tabs at Indiana's racetracks and two satellite wagering facilities has been sent to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1188 gained approval by the House Ways and Means committee Wednesday, Jan. 21, by a 17-10 margin. HB 1188 calls for a total of 5,000 slot-like machines at four locations; 1,000 each at both Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs, an...
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Ky. VLTs get chamber boost

on 01/21/2004 7:00 PM
The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted 27-0 in favor of allowing video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks. There was on abstention, that coming from board member Bob Elliston, the president of Turfway Park, which is located in northern Kentucky. "We're really killing three birds with one stone," chamber president Gary Toe...
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Northfield controversy

on 01/20/2004 7:00 PM
Jim Pantaleano's offer to take a polygraph test to prove his innocence surrounding a questionable race at Northfield Park Jan. 14 has been turned down by track management. According to a story in today's (Jan. 21) Cleveland Plain Dealer, Northfield Park's chief operating officer and executive vice president Tom Aldrich told Pantaleano's attorney that the track "wasn't interested." Pantaleano an...
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Gallo draws PP3 in Pres.

on 01/20/2004 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip has drawn post position three in Saturday's (Jan. 24) $114,600 Presidential final at the Meadowlands. The 2000 Horse of the Year and the richest pacer of all time with $4.2 million in earnings is hoping to defend the Presidential title he won in 2003. Now seven, Gallo Blue Chip is owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford. He has now won four straight races, including vict...
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NY to add VLT sites?

on 01/20/2004 7:00 PM
New York Gov. George Pataki on Jan. 20 unveiled a plan that has the state selling eight video lottery terminal (VLT) franchises to hotels, off-track betting parlors, and other entities. The proposal was part of a plan that calls for a $99.8 billion budget for fiscal 2005 in New York State. The budget includes an extra $147 million in school aid and another $325 million for schools to come from ...
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Whatanartist tops sale

on 01/19/2004 7:00 PM
The now 4-year-old Whatanartist, whose 1:49 clocking in his Meadowlands Pace elim was the fastest mile paced by a sophomore in 2003, brought a Tattersalls Select Mixed Sale high bid of $280,000 Monday (Jan. 19) at the Meadowlands. David Rahal was the successful bidder on the son of Real Artist who earned $413,454 of his $766,121 in career earnings in 2003. The trotter Hellava Hush, a 4-year-...
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Yonkers axes stakes

on 01/19/2004 7:00 PM
With the Feb. 15 payment deadline approaching, it appears two Triple Crown events could be without homes in 2004. Yonkers Raceway has decided not to host the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes, which are parts of the trotting and pacing Triple Crown, respectively, as well as the Art Rooney for 3-year-old colt pacers. Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society, which administers the thre...
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Pantaleano, Tharps ousted

on 01/18/2004 7:00 PM
Following last Wednesday night's (Jan. 14) card at Northfield Park, Randy Tharps and Jim Pantaleano have been ordered off the Cleveland track's grounds. Although no specific reason was given by Northfield Park's chief operating officer and executive vice president Tom Aldrich, observers believe the action stemmed from the sixth race in which Tharps and Pantaleano, driving the favorite and third fa...
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Gallo, Camcracker in Pres.

on 01/17/2004 7:00 PM
Gallo Blue Chip and Camcracker each posted impressive $50,000 divisional victories in Saturday night's (Jan. 17) second leg of the Presidential Series at the Meadowlands. Gallo Blue Chip, the 2000 Horse of the Year and the richest pacer of all-time, won for the fourth straight time. With Daniel Dube driving, Gallo came first-over down the backstretch against the leading E Dee's Cam and with tre...
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